Piglets can even use a joystick if they go for a reward wall

Recent research demonstrates how intelligent animals are piglets. Spoiler: very much.

Study published by Frontiers in Psychology according to us, we could easily think that the piglets could play a few Pong matches with each other smoothly. Well, that’s not quite the point, but it has been proven that pigs can solve more complex tasks outside their own framework. The researchers came to this result after putting a joystick in front of the rickshaws.

The four pigs in the research were tasked with using the joysticks to control a tiny cursor on the monitor, and when the cursor touched a “wall”, they virtually won the game and were given a reward bite accompanied by a beep. Initially, the game started with four walls, but later the surfaces were taken one after the other.

And the piglets adapted to the new situation and hit the walls with the cursor much more often than randomly, even when there were only two such surfaces present in their game. For Hamlet and Omelette, the two Yorkshire piglets, the researchers found that no major change was yet perceptible at three walls, but improved performance at one or two walls. The other two romps, Ebony and Ivory, the panepinto dwarf pigs were the most skillful in the three-wall system, but moving to two walls, only Ivory did well.

If the piglets are skilled enough in the game, they will be rewarded with dog food – originally They were given M & Ms candies, but the researchers decided they should not keep the animals in constant sugar shock. An interesting finding, by the way, is that the researchers say the piglets were at least as happy with the praise as they were with the specific reward.

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Source: PC World Online Hírek by pcworld.hu.

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